Earlier this week I noticed this place had opened, and resolved to visit as soon as I could when a quick search revealed that it is the work of Chef Eddie Blyden, last seen turning out excellent Southern cuisine at Miss Pearl's.
I ordered the Crossburger, not specifying doneness as is my usual practice when first trying a new burger. It came out well-done, but remained quite juicy. This burger features a mayo-based sauce, cheese, lettuce, a thin slice of tomato and a slightly spicy pepper relish tucked in to a challah-type bun made by Metropolis Baking. It was quite good.
The regular menu features a standard burger with add-ons including Hobbs bacon, egg and avocado; a Mary's fried chicken sandwich on the same bun with kale slaw and remoulade (which my companion ordered- it looked great and she loved it); a Cuban pork burger with Hobbs ham, pickles, Emmentaler and mustard; and a hot dog with black-eyed pea chili, onion and pickled jalapeno.
Fried catfish is slated for a special today.
The burgers alone fill a gaping hole in the downtown Oakland lunch scene, but Chef Eddie said he is going to be creative with the menu and see how it evolves, so I'm sure I'll be going often.
Lunch only for now.